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‘The Wired City’ by Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy was for many years one of the most artful practitioners of alternative journalism, his work sparkling on the pages of the late and much lamented Boston Phoenix. Paul Bass is one of the emerging heroes of a sort of “new journalism,’’ not the gonzo form practiced by Hunter Thompson and Tom Wolfe — that was so 1970s — but an entirely new genre, liberated from the printed page and from conventional advertising and seeking to preserve old values (and create new ones using the new technology) as the traditional newspaper struggles.

It wasn’t inevitable that Kennedy, now an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University, would undertake a project centered mainly on Bass, the presiding genius behind the aptly named New Haven Independent, an online news site. Nor was it inevitable that the form of this project would be an actual physical book published by an enterprise even more endangered than the newspaper: an academic press.

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